Feel good family days out this summer

Date published: 30 March 2024

This summer sees the return of the Feel Good Family Picnics at four parks across the borough.

The free events for families organised by the council team behind Rochdale Feel Good Festival promises fun activities, performances, music, sports and shows for children of all ages, and once again visitors will be encouraged to bring a picnic.

The Feel Good Family Picnic will be staged in Broadfield Park (Rochdale) on Tuesday 30 July and then Limefield Playing Fields (Middleton) on Wednesday 31 July before moving to Harehill Park (Littleborough) on Thursday 1 August. The final stop will be Queen’s Park (Heywood) on Friday 2 August.

To coincide with the summer Olympics in Paris, the theme is the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. The event enjoyed a successful launch last July, with over 9,500 people attending over the four days.

Councillor Janet Emsley, the council’s cabinet member for equity, safety and reform at Rochdale Borough Council said: “The support we had for this new event was superb and planning is well underway creating another amazing line-up of free things to do in the first week of the school holidays, more magical days out in beautiful settings.”


Skylight Circus Arts at Queen’s Park in Heywood
Skylight Circus Arts at Queen’s Park in Heywood


The Feel Good Family Picnic will be staged by the council in partnership with Without Walls, a consortium of festivals and arts organisations bringing fantastic outdoor arts to people in towns and cities across England. It will be supported through the government’s Shared Prosperity Fund and Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).

If you are a local artist or organisation interested in being involved, email FamilyPicnic@rochdale.gov.uk

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